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Marvellous mural

Published Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Four colourful panels, portraying the life of a tree over four seasons have being unveiled by the children who created them in Enfield Town children’s library.

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With each panel measuring over three feet by five feet they form a huge mural adorning the walls of the children’s library.
 
Celebrated children’s illustrator and author Jane Ray, was appointed by Enfield Council’s Library & Museum Service to lead the project which was funded through the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts (Libraries) scheme.

Jane worked with four groups of children from local primary schools during the school holidays.  She showed them how to create images and details for their murals using the resources in the children’s library and in the area outside and the finished product was displayed on Tuesday (28 October).
 
Jane, said, “The children enjoyed finding out about birds, insects and squirrels that inhabit trees; learning about the leaves and blossom and looking at the shapes and network of branches as the seasons change.”
 
To create this series of wonderful panels, the children drew and painted animals and used collage materials such as coloured papers, foils, pages torn from magazines and discarded wrapping paper.
 
Subtle colours and sparkling gold and silver foils give a jewel - like quality to the murals showing how the seasons can shimmer and shiver.
 
Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services, Protection and Libraries, said, “These beautiful murals are a constant reminder that Enfield is a borough with hundreds of beautiful trees.
 
“This successful project adds interest to the library and shows how much can be achieved through imagination, creativity and patience.”

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